The event, hosted by actor and presenter of ‘The Amateur’s Journeys’ Yuras Zhyhamont, will be held at the writer’s (the late Vasil Bykau’s) small motherland Bychki village, Ushachy district, Vitsiebsk region.
The programme includes the awarding of this year’s winner, whose name will be kept secret until the very ceremony, a live concert of a musician, one of the prize winners Lavon Volski, and a friendly chat in the courtyard of Bykau’s former school.
The ‘For Freedom of Thought’ Prize awarding ceremony will begin on June 20, Saturday, at 3 p.m. Departure for Bychki from Minsk by buses will take place at 11:30 a.m. from the Botanical Garden entrance near the house at Niezalezhnastsi Ave. 80.
What do I need to take part in this event?
Just fill out a brief form HERE and come on any day up to Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the MFF’s office (Niezalezhnastsi Ave. 80-73) to get an invitation and a special booklet that will be used as a bus ticket. A symbolic fee for participation is Br 50,000 (about €3.00) for organisational costs.
For your reference:
The Vasil Bykau ‘For Freedom of Thought’ Prize was founded by the MFF leader in 2008. This idea appeared after Alaksandr Milinkevich received the Andrei Sakharov ‘For Freedom of Thought’ Prize that has been awarded by the European Parliament.
The ‘For Freedom of Thought’ Prize is awarded to individuals who have proven themselves through their social and creative activities for the benefit of Belarus and liberty.
The former winners of the ‘For Freedom of Thought’ Prize were men of letters Ryhor Baradulin, Uladzimir Arlou, politician and writer Paval Sieviaryniets, artist Ales Pushkin, ethnographer Ada Raychonak, politician and poet Uladzimir Niaklayeu, musician Lavon Volski, ethnographer Ales Bielakoz, musician Zmitsier Vaitsiushkievich, artist Ales Marachkin, and actor Viktar Shalkievich.
“The ‘For Freedom of Thought’ Prize winners are not defined by the MFF but by outstanding Belarusian persons. In the beginning, in 2008, a list of 50 most prominent opinion leaders was compiled who determined the first prize winners. In subsequent years, the winners have been named by the previous prize winners. Thus, the jury is supplemented by authoritative persons every year. I consider this principle to be very fair and objective,” says the MFF Chairman Alaksandr Milinkevich.